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Monday, July 27, 2009

Vampire show goes for the jugular

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In the wake of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, society's enduring fascination with vampires has spawned another US TV show about bloodsuckers.

Based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris, True Blood is the brainchild of Alan Ball - best known for writing the Oscar-winning film American Beauty and producing Six Feet Under.

Set in Bon Temps, a fictitious small town in northern Louisiana, it is a coming-out story in which vampires are striving to be accepted in normal society.

Having recently emerged from their coffins, the bloodsuckers co-exist with humans with the help of a synthetic blood substitute.



The series, which has just received its British premiere on cable channel FX, stars Anna Paquin as a telepathic waitress who falls in love with a vampire.

"This is a pretty exciting crazy ride," says Paquin, who won an Academy Award for The Piano in 1994.

"All sorts of odd, weird, creepy and scary stuff starts happening as soon as vampires start emerging," explains the 27-year-old, who admits her violent, sexually explicit show is not for the squeamish.

"If you have a weak stomach you may need to close your eyes a few times," she adds.

'Intellectual'

The storyline focuses on the conflict between man and vampire and the varying degrees to which the monsters are accepted in society.

"I was just blown away by how funny and brilliant the script is," says British actor Stephen Moyer, who plays Paquin's 173-year old boyfriend.

"Alan has built this framework which just looks like a vampire story. But underneath it's a very intellectual take, in a very popcorn way, on what the vampire mythology is."

True Blood has been compared with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a television hit loved by critics that enthralled academics as much as teenagers.

Parallels have also been drawn with Twilight, the romantic fantasy film in which a teenage girl and a vampire fall in love.

"By the very nature of the overused term 'zeitgeist', when two things are thought of at the same time there's a friction in the air and everybody jumps onto it," says Moyer.

But his co-star Nelsan Ellis, who plays an entrepreneur who sells vampire blood, is quick to point out that True Blood "is not a family show".

Subversive

"There is a lot of blood, a lot of guts and a lot of nudity," he says. "Twilight is very safe and you can bring the kids."

The love affair that audiences have with vampires appears to transcend cultures and age demographics.

"They are incredibly powerful," says Moyer. "They have a magnetism and they can hypnotise.

"Women are treated quite well but quite roughly at the same time. I think that's very romantic and sexy."

Although True Blood is in its infancy, its subversive story arc appears to be tailor-made for its main star.

"I didn't set out to push the boundaries, but I've never been particularly conservative in my taste," says Anna Paquin.

"If you're going to commit to a job for possibly seven seasons, it had better be something like this where there's a lot to engage."

True Blood airs in the UK on the FX channel.

By Peter Bowes | BBC News | Link to article





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